ROCKY MOUNT - Nobody doubted that Nash Central would burst on to the field with plenty of energy and momentum before last Friday's season-opening football contest against traditional powerhouse Tarboro. After all, Central has high hopes for the season with 17 returning starters to go with new coach Chris Lee. The Bulldogs have been working hard, determined to erase their two-year winless streak.
GREAT START. Head Coach Brian Foster saw his Southern Nash Firebirds kick off the 2015 high school football season last Friday with an impressive road decision against non-conference opponent Pittsboro Northwood.
PITTSBORO -- Southern Nash flashed its wealth of skill position options early and often during last Friday's football regular season opener at Northwood. The Firebirds scored 36 points in the first half alone and went on to stop the Chargers by a 43-28 score. All of Northwood's points came in the fourth period as SNHS coach Brian Foster used a liberal substitution pattern. Senior quarterback Zack Foster kicked off the campaign in style, going 12-of-17 for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central High School claimed a 9-0 victory over SouthWest Edgecombe in girls prep tennis action last week. Results from the event were as follows: • No. 1 Singles -- Kaley Sharpe (Nash Central) def. Karlie Bradwell 6-1, 6-1 • No. 2 Singles -- Hannah Whitehead (Nash Central) def. Gayla Toney 6-1, 6-2
ZEBULON -- Yean Carlos Gil struck out six over seven scoreless, Dustin Peterson was 4-for-4 with two RBI and Jose Briceno was 2-for-4 with a home run as the Carolina Mudcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-0 win versus Wilmington on Monday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest. The Mudcats (65-61, 31-26) rewarded Gil's outstanding performance with a run in the third and a six-run outburst in the seventh while running away with the home win.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The USA South Athletic Conference has released its 2015 fall preseason coaches polls for soccer, volleyball and cross country. North Carolina Wesleyan College's men's and women's soccer teams earned 3rd- and 5th-place billings, respectively, with each squad receiving one 1st-place vote. Volleyball was given a 6th-place billing in the league's North Division, while cross country was picked 9th overall.
RED OAK -- Northern Nash enjoyed a start beginning to the prep volleyball season last week. The Lady Knights sandwiched a loss to Bunn between victories over Tarboro and SouthWest Edgecombe. "We are young, but I am expecting us to be competitive,'' said NN veteran head coach Patricia Haggerty. "We are kind of young, and we are still finding out who will be our go-to people. We are still kind of experimenting.''
NASH COUNTY -- The Nash County Parks and Recreation Department is currently hosting registration for its Fall Ball Seasons. Offerings will be held in baseball, softball, T-Ball and soccer. Registration will be available through Aug. 31.
Nash Central High School back Terrell Graham surges past a pair of Tarboro defenders during last Friday night's season-opening football contest at The Dawg Pound on the NCHS campus. The Bulldogs will be at Smithfield-Selma this Friday.